Pistons Break NBA 28-Game Losing Streak with 129-127 Win Over Raptors

‣ The Detroit Pistons ended their NBA record-tying 28-game losing streak with a win over the Toronto Raptors, their first victory since Oct. 28 against the Chicago Bulls.
‣ The Pistons set the single-season NBA record with their 27th straight loss, surpassing the Philadelphia 76ers’ record of 28 split over the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
‣ Cade Cunningham and Jalen Duren were key players in the victory, with Cunningham scoring 30 points and 12 assists, and Duren recording 18 points and 17 rebounds.

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The Detroit Pistons have finally ended their NBA record-tying 28-game losing streak. They did this in a thrilling 129-127 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. This victory was their first since their October 28 triumph against the Chicago Bulls.

The Pistons’ losing streak matched the Philadelphia 76ers’ record. The 76ers had 28 losses split over the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. This record was tied by the Pistons after an overtime loss at Boston last Thursday.

Interestingly, the Pistons broke another record. They set the single-season NBA record with their 27th straight loss. A tweet from Basketball Reference highlighted this: “27 STRAIGHT LOSSES! The Pistons have broken the record for the longest single-season losing streak in NBA history.”

Cade Cunningham was a standout player in the game against Toronto. He ended his outing with an impressive 30 points and 12 assists. “I feel amazing,” Cunningham said. “We just kept battling. It’s been a long stretch, all these losses, but I’m just happy to be part of a group of guys who don’t quit.”

Other notable performances came from Jalen Duren and Kevin Knox II. Duren recorded 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Knox scored 17. Duren expressed his relief, saying, “I’m just so happy we were able to get that. We’ve been fighting hard for a couple of months to get one, and we’ve been through a lot of adversity.”

The Pistons led 52-44 at halftime. Despite Toronto scoring 83 points in the second half, Detroit maintained their lead. They were ahead 90-86 heading into the fourth quarter.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Cunningham and Jaden Ivey extended Detroit’s lead to 110-99 with 5:50 remaining. Pascal Siakam’s 3-pointer brought the score to 126-122 with 17 seconds left. But, Detroit secured the win at the foul line.

Pistons coach Monty Williams was emotional after the win. “I’ve been in a ton of locker rooms my whole life, but that’s a first for me,” he said. “Guys were screaming. I was almost in tears. I’m just so happy for our guys and for everyone in the locker room.”

The 1980-81 Winnipeg Jets hold the longest winless streak in NHL history. This streak is also the longest in all of professional sports history. However, the NHL’s all-time record includes ties during a winless stretch.

The Jets went 30 consecutive games without a win from Oct. 19, 1980, to Dec. 20, 1980. The 1975-76 Kansas City Scouts also had a long streak without a victory. They went 27 straight games without a win from Feb. 12, 1976, to April 4, 1976.

The NFL’s Chicago Cardinals, now the Arizona Cardinals, lost 29 straight games from 1942 to 1945. They went 0-10 in the 1943 and 1944 seasons, and the club finished 1-9 in 1945.

So, what’s next for the Pistons? Are they destined to go on more losing streaks this season? Only time will tell.

James Shotwell
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